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Faculty Advisors

Dr. David Bernick

Ph. D. in Bioinformatics and Biomolecular Engineering, 2010, UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Sandra Dreisbach


Hossein Amiri

Logan Mulroney

Graduate Student in Bioengineering

Jeffrey Nivala

Charles Paine

BS in Bioengineering from UCSC, with strong interest in Bioinformatics



Wade Dugdale, Stas Fridland, Kevin Sweeny

Bioengineering and Genetics

Stas Fridland, Max Genetti, Renee Jocic, Rolando Perez, Vinay Poodari, Dominic Schenone, Saumya Singh, Kaylee Walker


Renee Jocic, Chris Lee, Charlie Paine, Lenore Pafford



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Spring Journal Club Articles

This course was designed to weed out potential project topics, and trained students in academic article research.

Atsumi, Shota, Anthony F. Cann, Michael R. Connor, Claire R. Shen, Kevin M. Smith, Mark P. Brynildsen, Katherine J.y. Chou, Taizo Hanai, and James C. Liao. "Metabolic Engineering of Escherichia Coli for 1-butanol Production." Metabolic Engineering 10.6 (2008): 305-11. ScienceDirect. Web.

Bond-Watts, Brooks B., Robert J. Bellerose, and Michelle C Y Chang. "Enzyme Mechanism as a Kinetic Control Element for Designing Synthetic Biofuel Pathways." Nature Chemical Biology 7.4 (2011): 222-27. Web.

Lim, Jae Hyung, Sang Woo Seo, Se Yeon Kim, and Gyoo Yeol Jung. "Model-driven Rebalancing of the Intracellular Redox State for Optimization of a Heterologous N-butanol Pathway in Escherichia Coli." Metabolic Engineering 20 (2013): 56-62. Web.

Timpson, Leanne M., Ann-Kathrin Liliensiek, Diya Alsafadi, Jennifer Cassidy, Michael A. Sharkey, Susan Liddell, Thorsten Allers, and Francesca Paradisi. "A Comparison of Two Novel Alcohol Dehydrogenase Enzymes (ADH1 and ADH2) from the Extreme Halophile Haloferax Volcanii." Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 97.1 (2013): 195-203. Web.

Yamamoto, Shogo, Masako Suda, Satoko Niimi, Masayuki Inui, and Hideaki Yukawa. "Strain Optimization for Efficient Isobutanol Production Using Corynebacterium Glutamicum Under Oxygen Deprivation." Biotechnology and Bioengineering 110.10 (2013): n. pag. Wiley Online Library. Web.

Zaigler, Alexander, Stephan C. Schuster, and Jörg Soppa. "Construction and Usage of a Onefold-coverage Shotgun DNA Microarray to Characterize the Metabolism of the Archaeon Haloferax Volcanii." Molecular Microbiology 48.4 (2003): 1089-105. Web.